There have been a lot of efforts to increase the number of charging stations across the United States. A lot of states and major cities have been taking part in the EVolution by making their own efforts to make EV charging accessible for all. There are some areas that are struggling to provide public EV charging stations, these areas are known as charging deserts. President Biden has announced a new plan and budget to try to eliminate these charging deserts.
These charging deserts reside mainly in rural areas, especially in states in the Midwest like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and North and South Dakota. The charging stations that are available in areas like this are mainly available within towns or cities rather than across highways. Traveling can be made difficult for people when they don’t have access to stop and charge somewhere, especially for long distance trips. The new charging plan put forth by the Biden Administration, plans on adding charging stations along the interstate highways and requiring them to be within 50 miles of each other. The federal government has set aside billions of dollars to make these plans a reality.
EV charging deserts create a huge roadblock for long-distance drivers. When traveling between or across large states, drivers have to plan their road trips meticulously so they can ensure they have enough energy in their vehicles to make it to either their destination or the next charging port. The EV range on an electric car can vary depending on the vehicle model, so users should be cautious about how far their vehicle can go before needing to stop again.